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Saturday 2 February – Calcutta Cup

Better Together is the group campaigning to retain Scotland in the United Kingdom, and I am a member and supporter of it. Today saw one of the manifestions of the links that bind our two nations, the Calcutta Cup, which has been run 120 times and is arguably the longest running annual sporting encounter in existence. England won today 36-18, in a fiery display of skill at Twickenham.

BPMedicalsI had my own game to attend to: Border Park played Medicals at home in Kielder. Medicals are almost as old a club as the Calcutta Cup, they were founded in 1898 and are drawn from the medical students of Newcastle University. So they are not exactly in the same age bracket as me, nor indeed is the rest of Border Park. We didn’t do to well in this particular game, which was held on a somewhat crunchy pitch, which was nevertheless deemed playable (I think it was below freezing by the end of the game). I asked Jonty to take some action shots of me playing today, when he returned the camera he said “Getting action shots of you was always going to be a bit tricky”.

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